Help raise money for this kickass NASA video to appear before Star Trek Into Darkness!

When you go to see Star Trek Into Darkness in May, you'll be watching a lot of trailers for action movies and summer tentpoles. But what if you could be watching a video that shows the dream that launched Star Trek is still alive today?

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NASA released this video, called "We Are the Explorers," last year. Narrated by Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime, it explains how NASA is still at the forefront of space exploration, even in the post-space shuttle era. And it fills you with hope for our future as a spacefaring species. Now the Aerospace Industries Association is trying to raise $33,000 to have a 30-second edit of this video shown in 50 theaters before STID. They're almost at their goal already, but let's make sure they get more than enough money — and then maybe they can run a longer version in more theaters. [Indie Gogo via The Escapist]

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When I was a child, I wanted to be the Captain of a star ship. It was a dream of mine. I learned so much about science, math and computers... and realized that anything I wanted to do I could - if I applied myself properly.

I was told such things were fantasy, and not acceptable in society. They told me I would amount to nothing, that I would never achieve my goal. My eyesight was too poor, for me to ever be considered for even a pilot license, let alone to reach for the stars.

When I was a young adult, I still wanted to be the Captain of a star ship. I had dreams of it on a daily basis.

But the reality was that the world does not wish to head in that direction. I looked for avenues, for ways to inspire and change the world to something better so that I could have my dream. I found nothing but derision awaiting me. So I began to write, and let my fiction take me to the places I could not go. Some I have shared as fan-fiction, some I keep to myself. I also chose to live my life with what I could - skills that I have earned over the years, even if I was a poor student in class.

Today, I still want to be the Captain of a star ship.

Because the only way to reach for the stars is to reach for one's dreams. I can see it, in every discovery, in every bit of science. The math is there, the practice is almost there. We can achieve my dream. And if things turn out just right, it will happen in my lifetime.

Everyone falls during their life. Its not the fact that we have fallen that is important, its what we do after we hit the ground that matters. Do we get back up, and face what caused us to fall? Or do we lie down and allow ourselves to be conquered by fear and doubt? Who we are is determined by our action or our inaction.

I've never been one to stay on the ground.